4 reasons people love living in Alford
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4 reasons people love living in Alford

6th Nov, 2019

Whether you are looking to relocate to a new home in a charming setting, or want to settle down and start a family in a friendly community, Alford is an ideal location for finding your forever home.

Set in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, Alford is a town that has so much to offer. To help you visualise what life in Alford would be like, we’ve rounded up the four factors that people love most about living in this beautiful town.

Alford - Bull Statue

1. Country lifestyle and a vibrant community:

Surrounded by the rolling hills of Bennachie and Coreen, with the River Don flowing through, Alford is a picturesque town that encompasses all the benefits of rural life. Being surrounded by beautiful scenery and quiet roads makes Alford a peaceful escape from busy city life, but with the added benefit of having a small, friendly community to be a part of.

Living in Alford allows you to experience all the perks that a country lifestyle has to offer, with plenty of opportunities to get outside and experience the beautiful landscape. Walking paths, Craigievar castle and a historic battlefield are located right on your doorstep, as well as an excellent golf course with clubhouse facilities, and dry ski slope nearby too. The transport museum has also been listed as one of the top 10 most visited attractions in Grampian, hosting a range of events in the summer months,

The stunning scenery, outdoor activities and close-knit community of this rural town makes Alford the ideal location for those who love the outdoors, families with children or dogs who want a place where they can settle down and enjoy family life, or for those who are looking to experience a slower, more relaxed pace of life while being part of a friendly and welcoming community.

Alford - Cafe

2. An easy commute to the city:

Being only a 40 minute drive from Aberdeen city centre, with a straight road into town, Alford is a practical area to live for those who want to enjoy the peace and quiet of rural life, but perhaps work in the heart of the city and need a reasonable commute.

3. Everything you need nearby:

Although Alford is situated close to Aberdeen, it already has all the amenities you would need on a regular basis, from shops and hairdressers, to restaurants and kids clubs. Here’s a selection of what you’ll find in the town:

  • Two Co-op stores
  • The Cheery cup coffee shop
  • The Haughton Hotel
  • The Alford Bistro
  • Chinese and Indian takeaways
  • The Graeme Barber Butcher
  • Absolute Fitness
  • Alford Playgroup
  • Tick Tock Play
  • Two hairdressers
  • A Turkish barber
  • Dentist
  • Doctor


4. The Community Campus:

At the heart of Alford is its newly built Community Campus, which has become a fundamental part of the town since it was built 3 years ago. The campus has enhanced and embodied Alford’s strong sense of community spirit, offering new and modern facilities to bring the whole community together.

With both the primary school and academy located in the campus, as well as a variety of sports facilities such as a 25m swimming pool, large sports hall and dance studio, the Community Campus is a hub of activity for everyone in Alford to enjoy.

The campus also provides an excellent breakfast and after school club for children in the community, providing working parents with an ideal childcare option. For a child-friendly outdoor space, the campus has football pitches and a park outside, which holds plenty of community events in the summer.

Located only 5 minutes from our Kingsford Rise development, you don’t even have to cross a road to get to the Community Campus, giving you all of its excellent facilities on your doorstep, and a safe walk for children to get to school.

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